It is traditional for a couple to exchange wedding rings after the vows. During the exchange of rings you may talk about commitment and the symbolic importance of the ring. It is a symbol of unending love and devotion, and your wedding ring vows may reflect your hopes for the marriage. You may use a traditional ring exchange or write one that will share with your guests how you feel about each other and this symbol of your commitment. I have listed some samples. You may choose one, write your own, or use bits of these to create a new ceremony.
*Chaplain: “What token of your love do you offer? Would you place the rings in my hand?”
May these rings be blessed as the symbol of this affectionate unity. These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go, may they always return to one another. May these two find in each other the love for which all men and women yearn. May they grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home which they establish together be such a place that many will find there a friend. May these rings on their fingers symbolize the touch of the spirit of love in their hearts.
*Chaplain may say: “The wedding ring symbolizes the unending love you promise.’ as you place the rings on each others hands.
* “With this ring I thee wed.” Groom and Bride may say to each other.
* “___________, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it remind you always, as it circles your finger, of my eternal love, surrounding you and enfolding you day and night.”
* “I have for you a golden ring. The most precious metal symbolizes that your love is the most precious element in my life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between us will never cease. I place it on your finger as a visible sign of the vows which have made us husband and wife.”
* “This ring I give you, in token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love.”
* “You are my life, my love, my best friend. With this ring I wed thee. May it be a reminder of my true love and the sacred commitment I have made here today.”
* “This ring is the visible evidence of our invisible love; it symbolizes the joining of our spirits in sacred holy Matrimony.”
* “This ring I give you in token of my faithfulness and love, and as a pledge to honor you with my whole being.”
* “I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you.”
* “As this ring encircles your finger from this day forward, year in and year out, so will my love forever encircle you. Wear this ring as a symbol of this love.”
* “I give you this ring that you may wear it as a symbol of our marriage.”
* “I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my (wife / husband) this day and forevermore.”
* “I offer you this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. It will always be a symbol of the vows which have made us husband and wife here this day.”
* “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. I ask you to wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken today, our wedding day.”
* “I give you this ring as a visible and constant symbol of my promise to be with you as long as I live.”
* “May this ring be a permanent reminder of our Holy promises and steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
* “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it be a reminder that I am always by your side and that I will always be a faithful partner to you.”
* “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.”
* “_____________, take this ring as a seal upon the marriage vows I have spoken and , as you wear it, may it be a reminder of how much I love you, not only on this precious day, but every single day of your life.”
* “Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you and a reminder of my devotion to you. I am honored to call you my (wife/husband).”
* “Just as this ring is made from precious metal, sturdy and strong, so will our marriage be: a precious commitment to each other that remains sturdy and strong until dearth do us part.”
* “As I place this ring on your finger, its perfect symmetry is a symbol of our perfect love. It has no beginning and no ending, a symbol of the eternal commitment we have made to each other today.”
Keep your wedding vows concise, yet meaningful. Do not overload your wedding ceremony with verbiage that is redundant and tortuous to your wedding guests with a long ceremony. It is surprising to me how many guests after a short ceremony will say that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Do not be afraid to express how you feel in the context of your wedding vows. This is the time to do it. Your wedding ceremony is your expression of love; it’s your announcement to the world of your commitment to each other.